Staging Aida today

Interview with the director Lotte de Beer

By Octave 09 February 2021

© Elena Bauer / OnP

Is it possible to separate a work of art from the context of its creation? For Lotte de Beer, making her Paris Opera debut with this new production of Aida, it is essential to set certain works in their historical context. According to the director, Verdi's late masterpiece, the story of an Ethiopian princess held in Egypt at the time of the pharaohs, calls for a reflection on the European colonialist society that witnessed its creation. But it is also one of those works which, juxtaposing, as it does, individual stories with History, offers a universal and timeless experience.

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